Walking into the Parlour last night for the Big Glittery Sh*tshow's final performance as part of this year's Adelaide Fringe season, I didn't know what to expect and if you've been following my work for a while, then you'd know that I don't like reading up on shows, in order to achieve the maximum level of surprise and wonder for when I attend the show.
It became pretty obvious within the first five minutes of the show, as we saw Jack Wilde 'snorting' confetti whilst being dressed in a satin robe to it then quickly escalating to him joining forces with Shona Cona and Laney Mejias, who were all dressed in tinsel capes that we were in for a wild ride. What transpired as the show went on can only be described as a form of spiritual awakening. While not wanting to give the entire show away, we were treated to Wilde's boyish charm with subtle cheekiness that won over the audiences, as he juggled knives whilst perched upon a free-standing ladder, in addition to Cona's athletic skills in manipulating LED-lit hula hoops that gave us an illuminating showcase, along with Mejias's soulful voice that left the audiences speechless, as she serenaded us with sultry lyrics and melodies that were all about declaring an undying love for rubber duckies.
The lighting and sound contributed towards creating a magical atmosphere within the tent, although I dare say that the personalities (and costumes) of the performers provided enough glitz, glamour, and glitter to blind the audiences in the most spectacular fashion possible (the performers started stripping around halfway through the show to reveal even shinier...attire underneath, much to our overflowing joy!). Audience interaction and participation was aplenty (potatoes and watermelons were being flung from one end of the room to the other and there was a Mortal Kombat style of 'fighting' that brought two audience members together in the most unexplained circumstances) and the performers confidently demonstrated exquisite strength, skill, and substance in the most hilarious of ways.
Coupling the naughty and ridiculous yet exciting tricks and acts with the mischievously infectious personalities of the trio, who whisked us away into a land where being a "freak" or a "weirdo" was celebrated at its zenith, Big Glittery Sh*tshow deserves to be experienced by everyone who has a love for the extraordinary and extravagant kind. It sheds light on what is often seen as "forbidden fruit" by normalizing the self-expression and playful aspects of sexualities, identities, and guilty pleasures that allowed its audience to revel in a variety show that brought together a ton of entertainment with some deep underlying themes that left us in an eternal state of awe. I don't think there was a single moment when I wasn't sporting a smile from ear to ear - it was such a feel-good show that left me in hysterics as well as in tears from excessive laughing.
This may not be your typical circus show, but it is one that cannot be missed. The show stayed true to its name and was, indeed, an actual sh*tshow from start to finish - and I mean that in the nicest way possible! It was raunchy, rambunctious, and is bound to get your heart racing for all the stupid, silly, and splendid reasons! There was glitter. There was sequins. There was tinsel. There were flying dildos. There was strobe lighting. There was cabaret. There was acrobatics. There was burlesque. There were water guns, There was (unlimited amounts of) cocktails that were sprayed onto the audience when you least expected it. There were cupcakes. Literally anything and everything that would qualify a show as being the essence of Fringe was heavily packed into this brilliant masterpiece. A true art, if you will.
Date attended: 29/02/2020 Overall rating: ★★★★★
Big Glittery Sh*tshow may have finished up for this year's Adelaide Fringe season but we sincerely hope that they will come back next year!